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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ujima Being a Force for Good

Ujima in Swahili means achieved with the help of others


Everybody needs somebody to lean on. Ujima creates an understanding that no person is an island and the well-being of ourselves strengthens families which in turn strengthens the community. Ujima is being a force for good.

Ujima Being a Force for Good

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Stress has a major effect on the body. Ujima means organizing friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, business owners and investors to create a supportive community. Ujima means being a force for good.

Being a force for good, Ujima, in someone's life can help build a lasting community bond. When you help others, you give off positive vibes, which can rub off on your peers and improve your friendships, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. Both parties will contribute to maintaining a mutually beneficial dynamic.

Whether with a large group of people in a volunteer organization, or just between two friends exchanging words of advice, helping people creates a feeling of community. “Face-to-face activities such as volunteering at a drop-in center can help reduce loneliness and isolation,” according to the Mental Health Foundation.

Kindness is contagious, according to a study by researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Cambridge and University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. “When we see someone else help another person it gives us a good feeling,” the study states, “Which in turn causes us to go out and do something altruistic ourselves.”

How do you pronounce Ujima? Ujima is a Swahili healing word pronounced OOO-G-MA. Ujima is collective work and responsibility; to build and maintain our community, while working with others to solve our problems.

Did you know?

Ujima is day three of Kwanzaa celebrated between December 26 and January 1 every year.

You can go fast, if you go alone You can go far, if you go together  African Proverb - Ujima Being a Force for Good

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